The financial gymnastics continue at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
A day after news broke that the Packers restructured the contracts for both Adrian Amos and Preston Smith, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports the team has also re-done the deal of offensive lineman Billy Turner. That makes three of the four big free agent signings of 2019 to get a redone deal and the biggest addition, linebacker Za’Darius Smith, very well could be next in line judging by a tweet he sent earlier in the week.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirmed Pelissero’s report and said the restructure on Turner’s deal was all about salary conversion, changing some of his $5.525 million salary and a $1 million roster bonus into a signing bonus. This could pushes as much as $2.75 million back to 2022.
Turner was likely not a candidate to be released after a stellar 2020 season and with left tackle David Bakhtiari’s availability for the season opener still in doubt the Packers need Turner’s stability.
The move per Silverstein should put the Packers under the cap but that is not yet confirmed. Stay here at APC as we monitor Russ Ball’s monetary magic to get Green Bay under the $182.5 million salary cap before March 17 when the 2021 league year begins.